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Photography above, Quentin Bacon for Southern Accents. I thought Angele Parlange's use of these old trophies on a game-themed table was especially pretty.
Designer Angele Parlange (a descendant of Virginie Amelie Gautreau, John Singer Sargent's infamous "Madame X") is known for incorporating her heritage into her decor. But for antique trophies, she told Southern Accents that her best sources are auctions and antique shops, not the family attic. Parlange favors off-beat awards, like the 1949 "Best Bird" presented by the English Poultry Association.
In Atlanta, old silver trophies sometimes pop-up at Providence, and Interiors Market, and I've seen them on eBay. A few of the really pretty inscribed silver pieces are actually bowls or compotes, similar to the jewelry catch-all on my table below. Mine was a gift, but if you're lucky enough to have a trophy that belonged to a grandparent, why not find a way to use it everyday?
Below, Anna Spiro, a talented interior designer based in Australia, recently incorporated her husband's heirloom tennis trophies into a bookshelf display. I believe the trophies were awarded to his great-great-aunt.
Above, layers of meaning: Katie's very elegant vignette with her dad's sailing trophy.
For more on "Madame X" see Strapless.